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A New China-Africa Think Tank Aims to Fill a Big Void

While Africa is home to a number of world-class think tanks, very few have deep expertise in China and Asian affairs more broadly. This week, a group of young scholars launched the Afro-Sino Centre for International Relations in Ghana in an effort to help fill that void and provide China-Africa analysis from a distinctly African perspective.

AfSCIR Co-Founder and Executive Director Pamela Carslake joins Eric & Cobus from Accra to discuss her new organization and how it plans to go about getting its analysis into the hands of African stakeholders across the continent.

About Pamela Carslake:

Pamela Adwoa Carslake holds an MA in International Relations, with a specialization in Global Order in Historical Perspective from Leiden University. Her enthusiasm for history and politics led to the pursuance of this MA program, which focuses on the historical processes behind the evolution of the global order. She has a strong interest in Africa and the continent’s development, leading to the topic on her MA thesis on China’s engagements in Sub-Saharan Africa. Pamela spent a year working in the legal department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in Ghana after her Masters in 2018. Whilst there, she assisted in consular issues of Ghanaians in and out of Ghana. In 2018, she spent 6 months interning at the Justice Accelerator arm of The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (Hiil) in The Hague. Whilst there, she worked to assist justice entrepreneurs mainly based in West Africa on their start-ups, aiming to provide an alternative to the normal justice/legal route, to make justice accessible.

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